Mancherial: Instead of visiting the abode of Lord Shiva and standing in long queues for several hours, students of government Ashram School, meant for children of tribal communities, celebrated Maha Shivaratri with a difference in Kotapalli mandal centre on Tuesday.
The pupils of the institution installed a large lingam using clay on the premises of the school in view of the auspicious occasion. They later decorated it with colourful flowers and lamps and performed special prayers to the deity. They were lauded by residents of the village and teachers for coming up with an innovative idea to revere the god.
Upon learning about the installation, neighbouring devotees made a beeline to visit the structure and took part in the prayers. They presented offerings to the deity and broke coconuts. Headmaster M Suryadas and teacher Balakrishna said that the idea was mooted to save the time of children and to tap into their sculpting skills.
The students won accolades for worshipping Lord Shiva in their own way. “The concept of installing Shiva lingam has its own merits on the lines of Ganesh pandals. One can save time and expenditure instead of thronging a temple. Also, you don’t pollute the environment as it is an eco-friendly installation,” Suryadas opined.
The pupils informed that they were excited to be part of the idea and stated that the structure would be dismantled on Wednesday. They thanked their teachers and headmaster for giving them the opportunity to sculpt the lingam and helping them revere the god without having to visit a nearby temple.